2008-01-04 Spike activity

Quick links from (roughly) the past week in mind and brain news:

San Francisco Science Cafe puts video online of a talk on the neuroscience of meditation.

AP News reports US Military apparently not recording suicides in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Was the development of cooking a kickstart to the evolution of the modern human brain? SciAm investigates.

The New York Times has an interesting piece on the use of dissociation (‘splitting off’ areas of consciousness) in endurance sports people.

Glossy Autism magazine now available on newsagent shelves (also covers Aspergers, ADHD etc). Not sure how I feel about that.

Retrospectacle has neurosurgical tools of the 19th century! To only be used with a large bottle of brandy (by the patient, not the surgeon, although by the look of the tools, it probably didn’t make a huge amount of difference).

Hypothalmus activity may be crucial in migraines, reports BBC News.

The New York Times on a study where researchers stimulated a single dendritic spine in a neuron (wow).

The mighty Fortean Times discusses the Wellcome Collections’ new exhibition on sleep and dreaming.

More from the increasingly cognitive New York Times: an article on synaesthesia induced by a brain injury.

The Guardian covers a slightly tongue-in-cheek study that notes the similarities between images in Renaissance paintings and brain structures.

The mind is a control structure for an autonomous agent. The Science and Consciousness Review has a feature article on modelling unconscious perception in artificial intelligence.

Studying the anthropology of depression during motherhood. The New York Times looks at the work of Dr. Marian Radke-Yarrow.

The BPS Research Digest on a study that found that students who endorsed sex stereotypes showed more biased recall of their past exam performance (e.g. girls thought they did worse at maths, boys worse at art, than they actually did).

Cognitive Daily looks at research which attempts to answer the question ‘does test-taking help students learn?’

Psychologist Carol Dweck is interviewed about her work on praise, motivation and achievement in children.

Bad Science has an mp3 of Ben Goldacre giving the President’s Lecture at the British Pharmacology Society’s annual conference: More than molecules ‚Äì how pill pushers and the media medicalise social problems.

Certain brain injuries (that, unsurprisingly, affect parts of a key anxiety circuit) may prevent PTSD, reports Treatment Online.

Deric Bownds looks at the role of nature vs nurture in the visual cortex.

The Neurotech Industry Organisation both reviews 2007 and looks forward to 2008.

PsyBlog gets philosophical with articles on the relationship between happiness and the work of Schopenhauer and Epicurus.

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